Ludum Dare 34 — December 11th-14th, 2015 — Theme Tied: Two Button Controls, Growing

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by dreamlogician - Jam Entry

Biome is a turn-based strategy game for two players based on Conway's Game of Life ('s_Game_of_Life).

The game is played on a grid with empty spaces (white tiles) and blooming spaces (green tiles). Each player controls a set of geomancers (red/blue circles) that can manipulate the terrain around them.

If a geomancer is standing on a tile when it blooms, the geomancer goes "KABLOOM!" and is removed from the game. You win by eliminating all of your opponent's geomancers.


- Click on a geomancer unit to select it.

- Use the arrow keys (or WASD) to move a selected unit. Each unit can only move a limited number of spaces per turn.

- After you have moved a unit, click on the highlighted tiles to flip them. Each unit can only flip a limited number of tiles per turn.

- While moving a unit, click outside the grid to end the movement phase early and switch into flipping mode.

- Deselect all units and click outside the grid to end your turn early.

[More Info]

- At the beginning of your turn, all your units will level up. A unit's current level is indicated by the number of dots on it.

- A unit's level determines the number of tiles it can move, and its range of influence.

- A unit can only flip tiles within its range of influence, and it *can't* flip tiles that are inside the range of an enemy unit.

- At the end of each turn, the "Game of Life" rules will be applied to the grid X times, where X is equal to the combined levels of all units in the game. See the next section for details.

- Green tiles block movement, and can be used to create walls.

- The tiles with a tiny dot in the middle are spawners. To capture a spawner, it must be within range of one of your units and *not* inside the range of any enemy units.

- At the beginning of each turn, a spawner will generate a new unit for the player that controls it. Spawners will not generate a unit if they are occupied or blooming.

[Game of Life Rules]

- An empty tile will only bloom if exactly 3 of its neighboring tiles are blooming.

- A blooming tile will only remain in bloom if 2 or 3 of its neighboring tiles are blooming.

[Game of Life Reference]

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csanyk says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:36am

Really cool way to adapt Life to a playable game. This feels like it could be as deep as Go, but way harder due to the difficulty of humans predicting Life patterns without a tremendous amount of thought and planning.

Si1ver says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 7:59am

I liked it but it's too hard to create sellf-moving pattern that targets enemy geomancers (or probably boimancers).

KaiseanGames says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 8:55pm

I really like Conway's Life, but I find the inherent behaviour too difficult to hold in our brains. I've experimented with CGoL but never created something playable that is not difficult.

Xanjos says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 9:38pm

Definitely needs some sort of indicator to let you know whose turn it is but I absolutely loved the use of Conway's Game of Life as part of the game's rules and mechanics.

Brightstar says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 12:25am

I like the idea of strategically occupying the spawn points to spawn more pieces.

Jan 3, 2016 @ 3:24am

Neat idea! Was hard to keep my own geomancers from inadvertent backgrowth... Wanted to create some ships, but didn't last long enough!

Smirnov48 says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 9:05am

Nice game! You need AI player.

snowshovelboy says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 5:15am

Shooting gliders is pretty cool.

Jan 4, 2016 @ 4:27pm

Definitely takes quite some figuring out. I managed to destroy all of red before I got there, and there didn't seem to be any ending or way to restart that game at that point. I found it very interesting conceptually, though!

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